flowered omurice bento and contest winner!

15 03 2010

a simple one tonight, since last night’s was so involved.  i find that omurice is a great way to use up scraps from bento projects, like the leftovers from cutting flowers.  the filling of this omurice has, well, rice (duh), fried up with some leftover sweet potato scraps, a chopped vegetarian hot dog, some chopped leftover steamed broccoli, one of my last baby sweet peppers, some scallion and gochujang.  i decorated with some simple cheese, sweet potato and purple carrot flowers, with pea pod “leaves.”

the fruit and veggie section is also simple — a few grape tomatoes, a piece of broccoli and some more pea pods, some clementine slices and blackberries with a food pick.  easy, breezy lunch in less than 20 minutes (compared to last night’s 3 hours!).

[as seen on iyoupapa]

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i so enjoyed reading all the contest participants’ GRE vocabulary sentences — you guys came up with really smart and creative uses for those tough words!  i wish i could award extra prizes based on my favorite sentences, but it’s a recession y’all!  so for the winner, i turned to the random.org site, which generated a number between 1 and 67 (there were 67 entries):

the winner is… tami!  some of you may know her as ABQ bento mama on flickr — she does really fun work.  tami, holler at me with your address so i can get this prize package out to you!


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27 responses

15 03 2010
sheri

Oh, I love this one! Good call on the round edge to fit the omurice in, and the flowers atop are a sweet touch. I love the background paper and hashi combo!! So very pretty. Beautiful bento, as always!

15 03 2010
gamene

thanks sheri! it took me a while to learn to use these korean chopsticks, because they are so round and slippery (especially hard to eat ramyun and naeng myun with) — but i’m used to them now and think they are so pretty. glad you like them too, and thanks for your nice feedback!

15 03 2010
hapabento

Gotta love the omurice bento for “clearing out” the yummy scraps of food that are too small to punch! :) Leave it to you to create a beautiful garden out of leftovers!

Congrats to ABC Bento Mama! (I love that handle)

16 03 2010
gamene

yup, it’s the fridge cleaner-outer! thanks for your nice comment debra!

16 03 2010
Judy

Hey there! Nice contest! I missed it completely but that’s okay. My brain might have imploded with the vocab. Pretty bento that you have here. Omurice a rice filled omelet, I guess. Never heard of it, but think I might make it for lunch tomorrow. Congratulations to the winner.

16 03 2010
gamene

hey judy, sorry you missed it, maybe the next one? can’t wait to hear how your omurice goes :-)

16 03 2010
Susan Yuen

The omurice is perfect! What a beautiful, beautiful bento! I know I keep saying this but you have such a great eye for the arrangement of food and color.

16 03 2010
gamene

thank you so much susan — such high praise coming from a bento master like yourself! ;-)

16 03 2010
javapot

your omurice is so neat, well done. must practise on mine which tends to tear, sigh.

16 03 2010
gamene

thanks javapot! if you are having problems with tearing, you might try adding a little bit of cornstarch (about 1 tsp, mixed thoroughly with water) to your eggs (that’s the amount for 2 beaten eggs) — it helps keep the omelette a little bit firmer, the same way it helps to prevent tearing in thinner egg sheets.

16 03 2010
Lia Chen

You are great in bento making, food styling, photography … good combinations run in your blood hehehe :D Pretty bento!! And congrats for the winner!

16 03 2010
gamene

thanks so much lia! i love your food styling and photography as well (not to mention your bentos!) and i always try to learn from talented bento pals like you!

16 03 2010
mils

I love this post! I think too often I’m at a loss of what to do with leftover cutouts – I usually just tuck them in below my bento out of signt, but this is an excellent way to use up all remaining bits and bobs of veggies that accumulate

And I love the flower cutouts – so simple yet efficient! Gonna copy your peapod leaves…

16 03 2010
gamene

thanks mils! have at it with the scraps and pea pod leaves! :o)

16 03 2010
Alisa-foodista

What a beautiful bento! Your bento styling is wonderful and a great inspiration to us all :)

16 03 2010
gamene

aww, thanks alisa! i love being a part of this community because we all inspire each other.

16 03 2010
Melanie

Gorgeous bento! Good call on those beautiful colors!

16 03 2010
gamene

thank you melanie! i can tell spring is aaaaalllllmost here because the produce in my market is changing. what a relief to have more pretty colored foods to work with!

16 03 2010
Bentobird/Jenn

Lovely! Really a vision of healthy, bright harmony! Congrats to ABC Bento Mama and thanks for hosting this fun contest, gamene :)

16 03 2010
gamene

thanks jenn!

16 03 2010
Morgan Inglish

Hey gamene ! , i have da same Hashi , you wrapped wit paper !??.., i have some nice Origami paper ! …(coming soon 2 a bento near you !.)…(;-DX

16 03 2010
gamene

hey mahoutake, thanks for stopping by! nope, the design on those hashi is actually a thin layer of enamel — they came that way. but wrapping with origami paper is a GREAT idea, i will have to try!!

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